Elephant seals reach speeds of 10-15 mph, which is pretty typical as far as seal swimming goes. The leopard seal is among the fastest seals, reaching 24 mph when hunting penguins–the leopard seal’s long front flippers help it change direction rapidly when swimming so quickly (it is also the most aggressive seal).
Elephant seals can average speeds of about 10-15 miles per hour when swimming in the ocean. This is pretty fast, especially when you consider their large size. They usually swim about 60 miles a day at this speed, another amazing feat. Interestingly, they can actually be pretty fast on land as well. Even though they are generally fairly sluggish outside the water, if they feel threatened they are able to move on soft sand more quickly than most humans!
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